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"Something Big" Indeed Came - Bernanke's Japan Visit Unveils "Helicopter Money", Sparks Monster Rally

When we first heard this past Thursday that private blogger and Citadel employee Ben Bernanke was going to "secretly" meet with both the BOJ's Haruhiko Kuroda and Japan PM Abe, we warned readers that "something big was coming." Two trading days later, with the USDJPY higher by 200 pips and soaring after something big indeed came overnight from Japan: nothing less than the first "lite" instance of helicopter money .

Lessons From The Worst Banking Crisis In History

A very reliable rule of thumb to keep in mind during (and before) a banking crisis: don’t trust anyone in the establishment, especially a politician. It’s good advice these days.. Europe’s banks and its governments are caught like two drunken sailors holding each other up.

 

Chasing Fools Gold (aka Central Banker Alchemy)

Remember the story of “The Philosopher’s stone?” In a nut shell it was an alchemical substance capable of turning worthless metals into gold. Today, much like those of yore, central bankers across the globe are engaging in that never-ending quest for the ability to turn the worthless – into the precious. And to the ill-informed it seems they have indeed achieved it. That is, as long as you wrap it in the same cloth as found in “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” For if not – the naked truth becomes appalling clear. And it ain’t pretty.

Key Events In The Coming Week

With the key event of the week flying largely under the radar, which as previewed here last week was Bernanke's visit to Japan which has already led to another global market spike, here are the rest of the week's events.

Frontrunning: July 11

  • Global stocks rise as markets anticipate stimulus (Reuters)
  • Global Stocks Buoyed by Rally in Japan (WSJ)
  • Andrea Leadsom Pulls Out of Conservative Party Leadership Race (WSJ)
  • More protesters arrested, police say Dallas sniper plotted bigger assault (Reuters)
  • Voters Add to Election Turmoil by Threatening to Jump Party Lines (WSJ)

S&P 500 To Open At All Time Highs After Japan Soars, Yen Plunges On JPY10 Trillion Stimulus

S&P 500 futures are set to open at new all time highs, with global stocks rallying as the yen weakened and the Nikkei soared on speculation Japan is about to unveil the first instance of "helicopter money"-lite, as well as due to a continuation of better-than-expected U.S. jobs data. Further speculation that Italy's (and Europe's) insolvent banks will be bailed out has further boosted sentiment.

China To Use Pension Funds As $300 Billion "Plunge Protection Team"

The country’s local retirement savings managers, which manage about $300 billion, are handing over some of their cash to the National Council for Social Security Fund, which will oversee their investments in securities including equities. Why the shift? Simple: to help stabilize markets during the next rout. During last year’s tumble, policy makers armed state-run investing company China Securities Finance Corp. with more than $480 billion to try and limit declines. Now it's the pensions' turn.

Russell Napier Reveals The "Only Question That Matters For Global Investors"

Only one question matters for global investors - Where is the helicopter? Helicopter money will be raining from the skies in Japan, the Eurozone, the UK and even in the USA. This form of reflation will likely work and in due course work too much. Few things are binary in investment, but this huge decision to be taken in Berlin is the biggest binary event for investors this analyst has yet come across.

With Over $13 Trillion In Negative-Yielding Debt, This Is The Pain A 1% Spike In Rates Would Inflict

There is now $13 trillion of global negative-yielding debt. And, as the WSJ writes, even a small increase in interest rates could inflict hefty losses on investors. With the 2013 "taper tantrum" the Fed sparked a selloff as it discussed ending its bond-buying program known as quantitative easing. A repeat "would be very painful for a lot of people" said J.P. Morgan. This is just how painful.

Larry Summers Wants To Give You A Free Lunch

According to Summers, with this low growth and low interest context, government debt levels no longer matter. In other words, federal governments have free reign to massively increase deficit spending and run-up federal debts, because, on balance, the fiscal stimulus will pay for itself. But who are we to question Summers’ unique qualifications - for example, unlike Summers, we’ve never lost $1.8 billion of other people’s money.

The Great Market Tide Has Now Shifted

Risk-on assets (stocks) rising at the same time as safe-haven assets is akin to dogs marrying cats and living happily ever after. What the heck is going on? Why is the market acting so schizophrenic? What’s changed?